Three Gwynn Park (Brandywine, MD) prospects – rising senior RB/DB Jerel Coles (5-10, 180 pounds), rising senior WR/DB Ronald Hobby (5-10, 175) and rising junior OL/DL Raynard Randolph (6-3, 290) – camped at Virginia Tech last Saturday. All three turned in terrific performances according to Gwynn Park head coach Danny Hayes.
“They said they did a fantastic job,” Hayes said. “Jerel gave me a call from Virginia Tech. I heard from a lot of people from other schools – players from our area – who said the same. That’s no shocker to me because I know what my kids are all about.”
According to Hayes, Hobby was timed in the 4.3s in the 40-yard dash at Virginia Tech while Coles was timed in the 4.4s. In an earlier combine, both players ran sub-4.0 times in the 20-yard shuttle.
“They are very fast kids, elusive, smart and a big part of what we do,” Hayes said of Coles and Hobby.
Virginia Tech’s coaches had not extended official offers to either player as of yesterday, but the interest does still appear to be there.
“I know someone had called from Virginia Tech. I think it was Coach Sherman, who recruits this area. I have to give him a call back,” Hayes said. “They were very interested in those two kids before the camp.”
As a junior last season, Hobby, who primarily played wide receiver but did play some cornerback, racked up 439 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Coles, who played running back and safety, tallied 769 yards rushing with 11 touchdowns.
Hobby has been offered by Pitt, Syracuse and Eastern Michigan, among others. He is being recruited as a cornerback by most schools, and Hayes sees his star as a “lock-up” corner on the next level. Hobby will see much more time at cornerback in his senior season.
Coles has been offered by James Madison, Ohio and Towson. He is not in any rush to make a decision, but Hobby could decide soon.
“It is up in the air for both of them,”...
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